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Postmaster Generals 1775-2001

William Freeman Vilas (Wikipedia)

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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by the Wisconsin Historical Society


Postmaster General

Interesting Fact:

Vilas fought in the Vicksburg campaign during the Civil War and became a lieutenant colonel.

Study Questions:

  • What other people from Wisconsin have been appointed U.S. Postmaster General?
  • In what other cabinet post did Vilas serve under President Cleveland?
  • What positions did Vilas hold at the University of Wisconsin?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 6:

    1857: The Dred Scott decision is handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, denying a slave's right to sue for his freedom in court.

  • March 6

    March 6, 1885: William Vilas, Madison, became Postmaster General of the U.S. under President Grover Cleveland. He served in this capacity until 1888.

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